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REBA Global - Katharine Moxham: 3 things you need to know about upcoming changes to state sickness benefits

Since 2008, there has been a significant tightening in the provision of state sickness benefits, which have been reduced (in terms of amount and duration) and made harder to obtain.

From 6 April 2017, new applicants for contributory Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) who are assessed as unfit for work, but capable of work-related activity, will receive a lower level of ESA benefit equivalent to Job Seeker's Allowance. In current terms, this means that new ESA claimants who are placed in the work-related activity group will receive £3,801 instead of £5,312 a year.

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